The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search
is a reality TV
show produced by NBC
that debuted in January 2005, prior to the launch of that year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
The purpose of the show was to document
twelve previously unknown fashion models
as they competed against one another for a grand prize. In this case, it was a pictorial in the 2005 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
and a modeling contract with NEXT Model Management
worth one million US dollars
The twelve contestants were chosen after NBC and Sports Illustrated
launched a nation-wide search, processing around 3,000 potential women.
The three-judge panel consisted of:
- Roshumba Williams (SI Hall of Fame Swimsuit Model)
- Joel Wilkenfeld (President of NEXT Model Management)
- Jule Campbell (Founder of the SI Swimsuit Issue and former editor)
Competitions would include how well the contestants did on their photo shoots
and their rigorous fitness
tests. Based on these, the aforementioned judges would choose who "made the cut" and who would be let go from the competition, until there were two finalists.
The show's tagline
was "The business of being beautiful is about to get ugly."
In order of eliminationWeek 1 - Come As You Are
Week 2 - 70s Shoot
Week 3 - Freeze Frame
Week 4 - Runway
Week 5 - Final...